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Almost Amish: A Novel Paperback – July 1, 2012
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Proving the Simple Life Isn't So Simple After All
Overcommitted and overwhelmed, Julie Charlton is at the breaking point. She knows she should feel blessed as a mother and wife--but she just feels exhausted. And then, the miraculous happens. Her sister-in-law Susan, a Martha Stewart-in-training, lands the chance to participate in a reality TV series about trying to live like the Amish and needs another family to join her. It's just the break Julie needs.
But the summer adventure in simple living soon proves anything but simple. With the camera watching every move, Susan's drive for perfection feels a lot like what they left behind, while Julie suddenly finds herself needing to stand up for slowing down. Whether it's cooking, cleaning, or dressing differently, each new Amish challenge raises new complications...and soon each woman learns unexpected lessons about herself and her family.
"Cushman crafts strong characters that are easy to connect with."
"In this heartwarming story of Plain living, Kathryn Cushman creates a simple--yet inconvenient--life. Lessons are learned and timeless truths applied to the challenges of modern culture, making Almost Amish a delightful, impossible-to-put-down read."
--Leslie Gould, co-author of the #1 bestseller, The Amish Midwife
"Readers will be eager to see how the pressure will affect Julie and Susan, who couldn't be more different. Cushman excels at creating easily relatable characters facing challenges that will make them stronger in this fast-paced, engaging inspirational novel." --Booklist
"Well-developed characters and a heartwarming story make Cushman's fifth novel an enjoyable read. Recommend it to fans of Fannie Flagg." --Library Journal
"A superb story...with a fast-moving plot and excellently crafted characters."--The Budget
About the Author
Kathryn Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. She is the author of five novels, including Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in Women's Fiction. She is also the co-au
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Julie agrees to do this for two reasons, one she can't say no to her sister-in-law and two she has come to hate her life! Something needed to change - she needed a new perspective, maybe this three month get away would do the trick. Little did Julie and Susan realize how much their world would be rocked through this experience as their families try to live an Amish life style 24/7, oh the added bonus it would be filmed for national T.V.
“Julie and Susan quickly realize that the "simple" life takes a lot of work and determination - why did people call it simple? It was anything but that! Just making coffee in the morning was a major production!”
Susan tells Julie, "Living simply for a few months will give us a chance to de-stress and think about what it is that's really important to us."
Susan is a Martha Steward wannabe - doing this correctly will give her the big break she's been looking for. Susan faces each weeks challenge with this in mind. But what Susan and Julie soon learn is something new about themselves and their family members. Each discovers a part of themselves they never knew existed or they had the talent for.
The family has no distractions or interruptions such as cell phones, T.V. Radio etc. They are forced to be creative with their spar time, which forces them to talk about things they never had time to do before. Julie realizes she doesn't want to go back to the life she left behind. Her family has discovered something incredible and they didn't want to loose it. Julie feared jumping back into the rat race would spoil everything. They had found fun as a family and they reconnected with their faith in God they left behind years ago. Julie realized she needed His strength to have the courage to walk out what this new life back in the modern world.
This story was fun to read. I'm thankful for the review copy and how the author made the reader think about what's important. She challenged them to take a look at life through the eyes of the characters and ask themselves what is really important in life. How do we keep the main thing the main focus of our lives and that of our family?
If you’re looking for something different and fun for your summer read look no further! This book will bring a smile to your face and having you look at family in a new light!! Happy Reading!
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What I loved about this book - is that I am a reality show junkie. I think that's what gets us going reading Amish Fiction in the first place. Wanting to walk through their shoes, see what their days are like. These two women are like Mary and Martha in the bible. The doer and the one who wants to sit at the feet and listen and adore.
Without giving a spoiler - I was really interested in how the reality show would work out - and I was VERY pleased with the progression. It seemed realistic - as real as an Amish Reality show can get. Ha. I believe that there are enough characters introduced that you will find yourself identifying with one of them.
I would think that this book would be suited for teens or adults.
Towards the end - I found myself identifying with Julie. I have a history of being a Yes Girl. Just because I raise my hand and am willing, I find myself the leader or co leader of just about every activity in town. My thought is - if we are going to be there anyway, then I should be helping. I do not give credit to my encouraging ways, prayer journal for others, or the ability to see things in a room. My boys often ask me - "How can you see these things when other parents clearly do not?". I've often thought that parent might be in denial - I never thought of it as a gift of intuition - seeing the small gesture - identifying with those in the room.
There is a pretty big secret revealed near the end of the journey that really blew my socks off, and like the character that was surprised, it did make sense with 20/20 hindsight.
I have no doubt that you will enjoy this book!!!